From Dietrich to Clooney: the hotels where Hollywood legends stayed


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Travel takes on a new meaning when you follow in the footsteps of film stars. You could request Bungalows 1, 7 or 21 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA, where Marilyn Monroe liked to stay, from $1,500. Or you could check into the Harlequin Suite at London’s Dorchester where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in the pink marble bathroom, which costs from £7,455 per night.

Dorchester Collection has a portfolio of luxury hotels around the world from which guests can “retrace the footsteps of stars”.

The Hotel Principe di Savoia, in Milan, which is frequented by George Clooney, costs from €13,000 per night for its presidential suite. Here, Sofia Coppola filmed scenes for Somewhere in which Steven Dorf jumps into the suite’s pool with his daughter.

The Hotel Bel-Air in LA has its very own Grace Kelly Suite – she took up residence in the hotel before her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Demanding rooms that have silver-screen history has long been the case at the Beverly Hills Hotel since it opened in 1912. Its website includes facts about its guests including Marlene Dietrich who liked Bungalow 11. While Taylor and Burton at Bungalow 5  had a standing order of  two bottles of vodka for breakfast.

The hotel will soon launch Legendary Suites named after former resident stars. But whether travellers want to fork out to share beds with the stars is a trend yet to be seen in the UK.